Rugby coaches

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Eddie Jones (rugby union)

Eddie Jones is an Australian rugby union coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the England national team. He has previously coached Australia, including during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and Japan for three years leading up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He was born in Burnie, Tasmania, to a Japanese American mother and an Australian father.


Joe Schmidt (rugby union)

Josef 'Joe' Schmidt is a New Zealand-born Irish rugby union coach, who is currently the head coach of Ireland. Ireland have won three Six Nations Championships in five years under his leadership. Schmidt's first head coaching role in Europe was with Leinster Rugby, beginning in 2010. He brought unprecedented success to the province, reaching six finals and winning four trophies in three years. He was previously an assistant coach with the Blues and Clermont Auvergne.


Warren Gatland

Warren David Gatland, OBE is a New Zealand rugby union coach, currently the head coach of Wales. Since becoming coach in 2007, Wales have won three Six Nations titles, including two Grand Slams, and reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. Gatland was also head coach of the British and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour of Australia, where they won the Test series 2-1, and 2017 tour of New Zealand, when the series was drawn.


Graham Henry

Sir Graham William Henry is a New Zealand rugby union coach, and former head coach of the country's national team, the All Blacks.


Declan Kidney

Declan Kidney is an Irish rugby union coach. He was the head coach of the Ireland national rugby union team from 2008 to 2013, where he won the 2009 Six Nations with a Grand Slam, winning the 2009 IRB Coach of the Year. He was also the head coach at Munster Rugby, leading them to four Heineken Cup finals, winning the 2006 and 2008 finals. He is currently Director of Rugby at London Irish having been appointed in March 2018.


John Kirwan (rugby)

Sir John James Patrick Kirwan is a New Zealand rugby union coach and former player of both rugby union and rugby league.

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Larry Gelwix

Larry Gelwix has been the coach of the Highland Rugby team since its founding in Salt Lake City in 1976. The movie Forever Strong (2008) was inspired by him and his team's history. The Highland rugby team has compiled an unrivaled winning record since its founding in 1976.


Michael Cheika

Michael Cheika is an Australian rugby union coach and a former rugby player. He is currently coach of the Australian national team. Cheika has Lebanese ancestry. He is the only coach to have won the major rugby club competition in each hemisphere, winning the Heineken Cup with Leinster in 2009 and the Super Rugby competition with the New South Wales Waratahs in 2014. During his career, Cheika was also head coach at Padova, Randwick and Stade Français.


Kieran Crowley

Kieran James Crowley is a New Zealand rugby union coach, who was previously head coach of the Canadian men's rugby team. He is now the head coach of Italian side Benetton. He is a former member of the New Zealand All Blacks where he played as a fullback. He has also coached the New Zealand Under-19s in the 2007 World Championships as well as coaching provincial side Taranaki.


Mike Tolkin

Mike Tolkin is a rugby union coach who served as head coach of the United States national team from 2012 until 2015.


Diego Domínguez (rugby union)

Diego Dominguez is a former Argentine rugby union fly-half who played for Argentina and Italy, winning 74 caps for the latter.


John McKee (rugby union)

John Gregory McKee is a New Zealand rugby union coach, who is currently the head coach of the Fiji national team.


Joy Neville

Joy Neville is a former Ireland women's rugby union international and a current rugby union referee. As a player Neville represented Ireland at both the 2006 and 2010 Women's Rugby World Cups. In 2009 Neville captained the first Ireland team to defeat France. In 2013 she was also a member of the first Ireland women's team to win the Six Nations, Grand Slam and Triple Crown titles. After retiring as a player, Neville became a referee. She has taken charge of matches in the Women's Six Nations Championship, the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series and the Women's Rugby World Cup, including the 2017 final. In addition to refereeing women's rugby union, Neville has also achieved a number of firsts as a female referee in the men's game. In 2016 Neville served as an assistant referee for a European Rugby Challenge Cup game between Bath and Bristol, making her the first woman to officiate in a professional European rugby match.


Raphaël Ibañez

Raphaël Ibañez is a retired French rugby union footballer. A hooker, he was also a former captain of the France national team.


Chris Boyd (rugby union)

Chris Boyd is a New Zealand rugby union coach.